Cryptotaenia canadensis (L.) DC.
Canadian Honewort, Wild Chervil
Apiaceae (Carrot Family)
Synonym(s): Deringa canadensis
USDA Symbol: CRCA9
Small, uneven compound umbels of tiny white flowers on stalks of unequal length. Although not a showy wildflower because of its minute, irregularly clustered flowers, this plant does have distinctive fruit.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB
Native Distribution: Manitoba east to New Brunswick, south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Throughout Texas at edges of streams and low, wet ground.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Prefers dry areas of shady wooded sites.
BenefitUse Food: Its young leaves and stems may be used as a seasoning like parsley or as a boiled green; the roots may be cooked and eaten like parsnips.
Warning: Caution is advised because many similar species of the carrot family are deadly poisonous.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High
Value to Beneficial InsectsSupports Conservation Biological Control
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cryptotaenia canadensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cryptotaenia canadensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cryptotaenia canadensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-01
Research By: NPC